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Three of the elitist climbers in the world are missing and considered dead by park officials following an avalanche in Alberta, Canada.
Jess Roskelley, US citizen, and David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, both Austrians, had attempted to scale the eastern wall of Howse Peak in Banff National Park. According to the park, they were reported overdue on Wednesday.
"After an evaluation of the scene it is believed that all three members of the party have died" said the park .
A Parks Canada statement said responders "observed signs of multiple avalanche and debris-containing climbing equipment".
"Search and recovery measures are currently not possible due to weather and dangerous avalanche conditions," it said. The avalanche danger is expected to persist, Parks Canada said due to stronger wind and precipitation.
Washington-born Roskelley, 36, was the youngest American to ever visit Mt. Everest. He accomplished the feat at the age of 20 with his father John, who is also a well-known climber.
Jess Roskelley was referred to as "one of America's most audacious mountaineers," as the Men's Journal wrote. Spokane newspaper The Spokesman Review said it had made its first ascent in Alaska and northeastern Pakistan.
"That's how he really lived, he killed himself by the horns," his father told the newspaper. "If you climb mountains, the danger is not too far, it is terrible for my wife and me, for his wife it is even worse."
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David Lama, the 28-year-old son of a Nepalese mountain guide and an Austrian nurse, made waves early in his career. According to the trio's sponsor, The North Face, "At the age of 12, David became the youngest climber in the history of the sport to complete an 8b +," an extremely challenging level of climbing.
Lama made the first free ascent of the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, which was documented in a film titled Cerro Torre: The Chance of a Snowball in Hell .
Auer, 35, who grew up in the mountains of Austria, was described as "one of the best climbers in the world," as Outside reported. In 2007 he released the famous "The Fish", a legendary route on the south face of the Italian Marmolada.
"All three of them had the same goal in common, in a very alpine way to climb secluded on big mountains," Gripped said editor-in-chief Brandon Pullan CBC. The difficult route on which the group was, had been boarded only once, according to the station.
Parks Canada described the route the trio attempted as a "remote and exceptionally difficult destination", with mixed rock and ice routes requiring advanced alpine mountaineering skills. "
It has closed Howse Peak to all traffic and travel opportunities, and the area generally sees" few travelers, "the park service said, and was used by the First Nations as" the way through the mountains to Bisons. "